Some fun Key West History!
Originally published May 2018
Bubbas are native born Key Westers. Also referred to as Conchs. A distinction. Those so born are proud of their heritage. Bubbas are also those who though not born in Key West have been residents a very long time and are deeply entwined in the business of the community.
On this day in 1985, the jury returned in a federal court criminal case involving 14 Bubbas. Twelve were found guilty. Involved were drugs.
The 1985 bust was not the only Bubba bust. There was one 10 years earlier in 1975 and another 10 years later in 1995. The feds would swoop down and make arrests.
The federal authorities in 1995 were concerned local authorities would reveal the investigation. The feds never advised local authorities of the investigation till arrests had actually been made.
The 1975 Bubba bust is best remembered.
James “Bum” Farto was Fire Chief. He was arrested and convicted of drug dealing. Following conviction, he disappeared on a trip to Miami. His car was found in a Latino neighborhood.
Bum Farto has never been found. A famous saying has developed over the years: Bum Farto Where are You? On tee shirts, etc. Farto has gained more notoriety in disappearing than if he had lived a calm routine life as Key West Fire Chief.
Tuesdays always quiet for me. I remain at home and fine tune my podcast to be delivered at 9 in the evening. The Show: Tuesday Talk with key West Lou.
Show went well last night. Love doing it! I sit back and vent. Share my feelings with everyone.
My numbers are increasing. I have national advertisers. Who would have believed!
Yesterday’s Rosanne Barr incident. ABC and Disney did the right thing. Costly, also. Not only for ABC and Disney. The many minions who worked the show, also. The little people. A hit show and their jobs lost.
Roseanne has a big mouth. Always has. Even 20 years ago. Would she have been as racist in her comments yesterday were it not for Donald Trump?
A President sets the moral tone for the country. The standard. Trump is a racist. Ergo, everyone else is entitled to be. He gives license to the Roseanne Barrs to be more vocal than they might have been.
This week’s KONK Life hits the stands at 5 this evening. My column this week: The FBI of Today The Jews of Yesterday. One of the best columns I have written. Read it, if possible.
In May 1937, the Volkswagen was born. Hitler wanted a state owned automobile company that could produce a cheap car. An affordable vehicle for the masses.
Hitler achieved his goal. The Volkswagen. Cost under 1,000 Reich marks. $140 American money.
The German term for Volkswagen means “The people’s Car Company.”
Hitler’s concept got its start in 1937. The company produced few or no cars. Hitler needed tanks. The plant was converted to a tank making facility.
The U.S. is in a time of diminishing influence world wide. For this we have Donald Trump to thank.
An example being the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear pact. There was and is money to be made in and with Iran. China recognized this fact immediately. It was recently announced a Chinese investment firm is going to invest $2 billion in an oil refining plant in Iran.
China and Russia are looking for ways to invest in Iran.
On this day in 1431, Joan of Arc was martyred. She was burned at the stake. By decision of the Catholic Church.
Burning at the stake. A religious inspired death. Concerned and caring.
Not one of the Church’s finest moments.
Church and government do not mix. Like oil and water.
We have a problem today with religion. Evangelicals have become politicized. They support Trump regardless of his many wrongdoings. The Catholic Church also on occasion.
Not a healthy scenario.
Have to hustle. I have a late morning heart doctor appointment with Dr. McIvor. Routine.
Frequent doctoring a scourge for the elderly. Tiring. A pain in itself. Necessary, however. I am glad I am able to do it.
Enjoy your day!
Hope you are doing well, dear friend. I think of you so often. Sending love and prayers to you! ❤️
Thank you. Surgery delayed because of other physical problems discovered which have to be dealt with first. In the meantime, I fell down the stairs last week and fractured 2 vertebraes. Pain continues. Hurts! Hope we get to see each other at some point.